Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Christine Weldon

REGION 5 – Metro NY
09/11/18
Christine Weldon

Position: Direct Support Assistant

Years of Service: 13

THE NOMINEE’S FAVORITE OR MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A DSP:

Christine Weldon says her most favorite part about being a DSP is watching the people she supports succeed at their best life, knowing that they have the skills to overcome a “disastrous” day and are able to understand that it’s only temporary. 

“I love helping them to overcome perceived ‘barriers’ and go someplace for the first time and enjoy themselves, stating they had a good time upon return,” she says. “I enjoy the hands-on work because it helps you build trust, respect and instant gratification when you see the people you have been working with succeed and overcome – and knowing that you have had a part in making their lives happier and fulfilled.”

ABOUT CHRISTINE:

Nellie Phillips, Developmental Assistant 3, says Christine was selected as a DSP nominee because she has shown herself to be an exemplary employee and a huge asset to the home where she works.

“Christine is definitely a person who is willing to step up and take on any task that will create a healthy and happy home environment for the people we serve,” says Phillips.

Phillips adds that Christine’s efforts are always consistent and reliable. “As a 13-year veteran, Christine has forged true bonds through her dedication and diligence in her service to the people we serve.” 

“Christine will search out and create opportunities that will build positive experiences through inclusionary activities for the people on any shift and at any time,” Phillips says. “The individuals we work with represent all levels of functioning, from mild to the most challenging of behaviors. This presents no deterrent or pause in her relentless, tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate memorable events and activities.”

Christine, Phillips adds, shows initiative, flexibility, creativity and commitment in all tasks relating to the people she supports. “She advocates and volunteers for activities that will serve to enhance each person’s life and help them to fulfill their personal goals in life.” 

“She goes above and beyond to ensure that all team members maintain a positive morale and that there is a less stressful atmosphere,” Phillips says of Christine. “This enables all staff to stay on track in their efforts to engage individuals in their completion of outcomes, residential life and maintaining family connections, while staying mindful of their personal interests and preferences in life.”